Mike 194 Recruit Journal Week 04

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Mike 194 Recruit Journal

Formed: May 12, 2017

Graduates: June 23, 2017


This week was one of the hardest we have ever endured. Whether it was probation recruits floating to the top or the rising tension of reverted recruits being sent back to our company, it’s a new challenge having to teach the incoming recruits the specifics of Mike Company. Two sides of the same coin yet still a difficult task to manage. Afterall, these recruits often have their own ways of doing things, leaving an alienated divide within the company. This divide is yet another hurdling challenge to test our teamwork and ability to accept all those in the Coast Guard. Sadly, we don’t even know most of these people’s names, but this new divide—and the Company Commanders’ very apparent knowledge of it—makes it necessary to learn about these recruits and form our company as one. But with that comes a lot of sweat…and sweat was more frequent and brought on with a heavier fist than ever before.


Surprisingly enough, most of us managed to pass our physical fitness test this week, along with our midterm exam. Those two trials have marked the halfway point in our journey, but halfway does not mean the job gets easier. Rather, with that trial came the company earning the gold pennant for our guidon. A grand accomplishment that not all companies achieve. Now we just have to earn the right to march with said accomplishment. This was also the first big accomplishment we have earned as a team. One day soon though we will be able to proudly display all the merit this company can achieve. First we have to collect as one. Whether it be by sweat or by screaming at the top of our lungs, the finish line will come and Mike will pass it. Next week we will face the trials of our Section Commanders and show what we’ve learned. If not, there will be more sweat as we are thrown back company to company.


The week came to a close with some enlightening and fruitful knowledge wedged inside our exhausted, sweat coated, little minds. Started off a way more relaxed wake-up from our yeoman. Chief Reid gave us a time of 14min to be ready for the day…of course, not all of us made it. It’s our fault collectively though. Many of our fellow shipmates can barely keep their head afloat while others speed right on past without even offering a life vest. All the people that made it on time got to walk proudly with the banner while the sinking ship had to walk dysfunctionally behind the company. The proud faces of the main entourage were stricken with grief when Chief Reid told us to empty our left breast pocket—which should be “locked and loaded” with very specific items at all times—and the remainder sank right then and there. But some of us began to ponder… if all of us had communicated to help each other out, all of those drowned recruits could have made it. Those thoughts marinated over our divine over our Divine Hours while we rested and gathered ourselves for the next week. It was strange, really, after our hours to relax, how we went right back to a divided company. When the heat is on, it becomes all about ourselves. It really shined a light on the recruits that are the fastest—but don’t help those drowning. They are just as bad as the “drowners” themselves. Even after all the sweating of the evening when we were just ready to give up, Petty Officer Dockery gave us the lesson we needed. “If 120 recruits before you have done it in time, it’s doable.” But it was her mentioning again of the importance of teamwork… so teamwork it is for Mike Company—unless we want to drown.



Editor’s Note: This blog post was written by a recruit currently involved in Coast Guard basic training. The thoughts and opinions expressed in this Journal do not necessarily reflect those of Training Center Cape May, the U.S. Coast Guard or the federal government and are the sole opinion of the author. Recruit Journals are written by personnel in a high-stress environment with little time, so please excuse grammar and punctuation in the above article. The staff at Training Center Cape May do not edit the journals in any way, so as to ensure authenticity of the content and messages.


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